Fans Help USA Pro Challenge Determine Stage 6 Route

USA Pro Challenge Stage 6 pic After the USA Pro Challenge determined most of the cities that would host stages for its 2015 race, it opened the final choices up to fan input before completing the list. Thousands of race fans provided opinions through the race’s website and Facebook, and the survey led to a list of more than 20 options for cities to host the beginning and end of the sixth and penultimate stage. As organizers sorted through the submissions, they realized that close to half of the votes called for a route in Northern Colorado.

In the end, the Challenge scheduled a return to two familiar cities. The sixth stage of the race, which will take place on August 22, will begin in Loveland and end in Fort Collins. The decision was made for a number of reasons, including the great cycling available in Northern Colorado and the opportunity to return to an area that experienced extensive flood damage in 2013. Race organizers hope that bringing the Challenge back to Northern Colorado will help the region continue its recovery.

Most of the other stages in the 2015 Challenge will take place in the mountains, with early stages occurring in and around ski towns like Breckenridge, Aspen, and Steamboat Springs. The final stage of the race, to be held the day after the Loveland-to-Fort Collins stage, will begin in Golden and end in Denver.

How to Contribute to Nexus Recovery Center

Nexus Recovery Center logo pic Those looking to support Nexus Recovery Center and its mission to help adolescents, women, and children in Dallas, Texas, recover from addiction and chemical dependency can assist the nonprofit in a number of ways. Monetary donations provide valuable support, and people who volunteer their time also have a major impact on the organization.

Financial donations allow Nexus to serve thousands of women and hundreds of children every year. Donors can give monthly or one-time gifts, including gifts in honor or in memory of someone. Nexus also accepts donations of items and stock, and monetary gifts are often matched by foundations to stretch donor dollars.

Volunteers also represent an essential part of Nexus’ operations. There are numerous ways to help out by giving time, but Nexus has a particular need for long-term volunteers. Classroom helpers aid teachers from the Dallas Independent School District as they conduct lessons for Nexus’ adolescent program. Nexus also needs volunteers to provide emotional support and monthly enrichment to teenage girls through a mentoring program. Because of the nature of their work, both classroom helpers and mentors must make a one-year commitment.

Nexus also has opportunities for short-term volunteerism; the organization often needs general office help and volunteers to accompany new clients on trips to Parkland Hospital. Additional information can be found at

Urban Nights 2015 Encourages Guests to be Grateful

Urban Nights outdoor fashion show pic The third annual Urban Nights outdoor fashion show benefiting Urban Peak, a Colorado-based nonprofit serving homeless youth, will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 29, at Denver’s Mile High Station. Volunteer models will showcase the creations of many of Colorado’s most popular up-and-coming designers on a 200-foot stage—the state’s longest fashion runway. For the second consecutive year, the event will feature the designs of Mondo Guerra, the winner of Project Runway All-Stars. Inspired by the artwork of Urban Peak youth, he will design an exclusive collection of avant-garde pieces especially for the occasion.

Urban Nights 2015 will draw inspiration from the theme “#grateful,” a concept that not only recognizes the daily struggles surmounted by youth facing homelessness, but also acknowledges the generous support offered by Urban Nights attendees and patrons. Promoting the idea that all individuals have reasons for gratitude, Urban Nights urges attendees to seize the opportunity to celebrate the good in their lives.

Additionally, Urban Nights will provide a venue at which Urban Peak can confer its annual Urban Legend Award to Carrie Morgridge, vice president of the Morgridge Family Foundation. Ms. Morgridge will receive the honor in recognition of her philanthropic leadership, which, for more than 15 years, has benefited organizations such as the University of Denver, Mile High United Way, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus Hosts Spring Luncheon

Spring Luncheon As one of only a handful of substance abuse recovery programs to welcome women and their children, Nexus Recovery Center delivers a wide range of services, including detoxification treatment, residential support, and outpatient programs, to adult females and adolescents aged 13 to 17. The Dallas-based treatment center benefits from the support of the Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus, a volunteer group that sponsors several services for recovery program participants and their children. The Women’s Auxiliary also sponsors children’s holiday parties and a Holiday Bazaar each November. Additionally, the group solicits donations for clothing and household goods, sponsors an adolescent mentoring program, and holds a number of fun, social events throughout the year.

One such event is the Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus Spring Luncheon, which is set for Thursday, April 23, 2015, at the Belo Mansion from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event’s featured speaker, New York Times bestselling author Koren Zailckas, drew on her personal experiences with substance abuse to write Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood.

Racing Extinction Screened at Sundance

A new nature documentary, "Racing Extinction", was screened at this year's Sundance Film Festival, one of America's largest and most acclaimed independent film festivals pic A new nature documentary, “Racing Extinction”, was screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, one of America’s largest and most acclaimed independent film festivals.

Directed by Oscar Award winner Louie Psihoyos, “Racing Extinction” chronicles the plight of the world’s many species that are currently facing eradication. The documentary uses striking imagery to bring viewers close to some of the world’s most threatened creatures and the natural habitats that are being destroyed by climate change and development. It takes a critical look at the black markets that profit from the killing of wildlife. The film also exposes companies that carelessly pollute the environment and questions business practices that encourage carbon emissions at the expense of endangered species and their habitats.

“Racing Extinction” is a project of the Ocean Preservation Society (OPS), an organization devoted to the conservation of the world’s marine life and habitats. OPS has been enormously successful in bringing environmental issues into the public consciousness. For this reason, it is among the many advocacy groups supported by Consumer Capital Partners. Previously, OPS released the critically acclaimed film “The Cove”, which documented dolphin hunting in Japan. Also directed by Louie Psihoyos, “The Cove” won the Academy Award in 2010 for Best Documentary Feature Film.